With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and to help support the community through the season of greatest need, Elko Federal Credit Union (EFCU) stepped up its charitable giving through the month of December, donating a total of $30,000 to local organizations working hard to do good in the community.
To help families in crisis, EFCU presented a donation of $6,000 to Harbor House and a donation of $6,000 to F.I.S.H. (Friends In Service Helping) in Elko. EFCU chose Harbor House because of its work assisting those affected by domestic violence, which has surged during the pandemic. F.I.S.H. provides emergency shelter, food and clothing to those experiencing homelessness and offers refurbished items for sale at reduced prices for needy families.
EFCU also provided $12,000 in donations to support education. The credit union presented a $5,800 donation to Communities in Schools and a $6,200 donation to Head Start. Communities in Schools helps struggling families by providing support from within the schools – and has even moved to providing assistance beyond the classroom, such as holiday meals and clothes to families in need. EFCU donated to Head Start after EFCU employees spent time volunteering for the inspiring organization, which helps young children from low-income families prepare for school success through local programs.
As the death toll from the coronavirus rises, so too does the need for hospice care. EFCU provided a $6,000 donation to support Horizon Hospice to help the organization meet the increased demand for hospice care due to the pandemic. Horizon Hospice provides care to patients to keep them as comfortable as possible in their final days.
“As many throughout our community struggle with job losses, underemployment, and financial setbacks, more are turning to charitable organizations for much-needed assistance. While at the same time, fewer people in our communities have the means to support those very organizations,” said John Kelly, CEO of EFCU. “We felt heartened to do as much as we could to support the community that has given so much support to us, and we’re honored to be able to help organizations that are making such a profound difference in our community.”